Daniel Ricciardo storms to dominant pole position at Monaco Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates in the swimming pool of the Red Bull Energy Station after his race win at Monaco

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates in the swimming pool of the Red Bull Energy Station after his race win at Monaco

"It would have been nice to finish second, I did everything I could".

"Which, I don't know if that was exciting for you guys to watch".

"Two years in the making and I finally feel redemption has arrived", Ricciardo said.

"Bahrain - he would have been a genuine contender there [if he hadn't bene forced out of the race early on], and we know what happened in Baku [the Red Bull drivers crashed together while running fourth and fifth]". "Doesn't feel great, but it's only one race". We're still. I think Lewis still has a pretty good buffer on me, so we're still on the outside of that. Hamilton, the reigning world champion and current Drivers' Championship leader, seemed content at finishing 3rd; of all the drivers who complained about the tyres, it was Hamilton who radioed his concerns the most - nearly hinting Mercedes to consider a second pit-stop. "He is one of the top drivers and in the top areas there are only Ferrari and Mercedes that he could ever consider", Hamilton said. In fact, it would be safe to say that on the basis of his current form, Ricciardo is more bankable a driver for a consistent season-long campaign than Verstappen. The Red Bull driver managed to hold off Vettel despite the challenge, and took his second win of the season and first-ever at Monaco.

"We sent a statement and have been quickest every session", Ricciardo said. I think Daniel had the answers at all times.

"But if we go softer, it is the other way and there is overheating and then they have to cruise".

The Red Bull driver was 0.229s clear of Sebastian Vettel in second place and faced no opposition from teammate Max Verstappen after damage to the Dutchman's auto following a crash in final practice that proved too extensive to fix in time for qualifying. Ricciardo pointed out the issue to the pit garage, but Red Bull indicated that it wasn't something that could be fixed.

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On their first runs in the Q3 shootout, the lap record was shattered again by Ricciardo in 1:10:810 who was fastest by 0.451 ahead of Vettel, Hamilton, Raikkonen and Bottas.

Ricciardo also pitted, on lap 17, and within a lap the original grid order was re-established thanks to all the leading group switching to new rubber.

"We probably need to give something to the fans at the end of the race just to pay the ticket back a little".

"We were the third quickest team really this weekend and we nearly got second, so I am really happy in that respect and really happy for Daniel because he's a great dude".

It was soon time for Ricciardo's typical showmanship.

But despite being down on the straights, he was still able to keep Vettel at bay as the German struggled with his tyres.

But Hamilton was never in a serious position to threaten the lead duo and he slipped back across the closing stages, before explaining his conflicted mindset post-race.

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